NATALIA WITWICKA














I’m a graphic designer interested in type and digital media, recently graduated from the Glasgow School of Art and currently interning at Pentagram. 


E-MAIL nat.witwicka@gmail.com
INSTAGRAM @nataliawitwicka

NATALIA WITWICKA


MANHATTAN
Type, Print, Web Design
2021


Manhattan is a playful, modular typeface inspired by a brutalist resi­den­tial complex in Wroclaw, ironically called ‘Manhattan’ by the locals. This project celebrates some of the best of Polish architecture and consti­tutes a love letter to my home city. The curved strokes and condensed style are inspi­red by the facade of the buildings. The typeface in­cludes sets of stylistic alternates, ligatures, and nume­rals. Within the printed and inte­ra­ctive type spe­ci­mens, I describe the buildings' history and the career of their architect, J. Grabowska-Hawrylak.




SCOTTISH ARTISTS’ FILMS
Identity, Animation, Print 
2021 


The identity for Scottish Artists' Films,  hypothetical Glasgow festival screening films created by artists and designers based in Scotland, directed at people interested or involved in the arts. The design was inspired by the experi­mental beginnings of animation (artists like Hans Richter, Viking Eggeling, Len Lye), aiming to place the event on the avant-garde scene.

The theme of overlapping concentric circles is based on an intro to the film 'Art and Movement' (Glasgow, 1965) about an exhibition of artists using movement in their work. This cinematic element func­tions as a metaphor for the films' impact and complexity, the overlap between art and filmmaking, and presents Scottish art as far-reaching despite being created by a relatively small community.

Poster film still: Alison Piper (website). 
Animation music: Junto Club, Freedom From The Known (Glasgow, 2016).




EINSTEIN-ROSEN BRIDGE
Interaction Design
2020


­Using the media available in a web browser to create an interactive expe­rience of travelling through a wormhole (formally called an Einstein-Rosen Bridge). The project takes the audience on a space journey, from powering up a Black Hole to reaching its theoretical opposite end: the White Hole, where time runs backwards. It explains a complex physics concept through an accessible and playful digital experience.

Available here (testing, desktop only).



WORK IN PROGRESS SHOW
Identity, Type, Web Design
2021


I took part in designing the identity for the GSA's Communication Design Work In Progress Show 2021. It is a collaborative project between Louise Julien, Rachel Kate MacLeod, Maria Pelosi, and myself. My main tasks were making the typeface and the website. We based the identity around the feelings of restlessness, energy, and movement, which are the common deno­minators of our class' practices from home during lockdown.

The geometric, bespoke typeface and the neon green introduce the show in a digital form. I had the idea for the type­face after expe­rimenting with making letters out of matches. The animations are based on glyphs from the typeface and de­signed to suggest a progress, while showing a sneak peek of the work exhibited.

Visit the show here.



HORROR FILMS BOOKLET
Print Design
2021


Design of a booklet promoting contemporary horror films to people who dislike the genre. Each page has a unique, triangular pattern overlaying an image from the film. I was inspired by bold geometric interiors and how they build visual tension in films like Suspiria (1977) and The Shining (1980). The layout is dynamised by using spreads with short quotes and interviews about the development of post-horror.


All rights reserved. Natalia Witwicka (2020)